How to Use a Menstrual Cup

You have tried tampons and pads, and maybe you’ve heard about menstrual cups but always asked yourself, just how do they work? Using Ruby Cup is very similar to using tampons, and cups are already widely used by women all over the world.

Here you can find out everything you need to know about how to use Ruby Cup – we explain it all in one video and five simple steps.

How to use Ruby Cup video

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This step-by-step guide to using a menstrual cup will take you smoothly through each stage.

Here’s how to get the very best out of your cup, and your period:

1.  Fold and hold

HTfold andholdAlways start by washing your hands. Squeeze the walls of the cup together, and fold into a C shape. Many women find that folding the cup to a C shape makes Ruby Cup insertion easier, but every woman‘s anatomy is unique, so you may find another fold more comfortable.

Details on other fold shapes are explained in FAQs, to help you find the right fold shape for you.

2.  Insert and ensure

HTreinsert As with tampons, gently insert the folded cup into your vagina, tilting back to the base of your spine. The cup should sit as low as it will comfortably sit inside your vagina, lower than a tampon. When the cup is inside, and open, it will create a light suction. The suction is how the cup prevents leaks, so use your finger to check it is fully unfolded. Twist the cup if you need to, to ensure it is comfortable.


Don’t rush, take your time finding the best position for your body. Our page Get Started With a Menstrual Cup, explains more.

3. Use it up to twelve hours

HT12hoursOne of the great benefits of using a menstrual cup, is that it can be used for up to twelve hours. How often you need to empty your cup depends on your cycle and flow, most women find they need to empty it only in  the morning and again in the evening. Use your first few cycles with a menstrual cup to learn what suits your flow best.

4. Remove and empty


With clean hands, gently pull the stem of the cup downwards until you can reach and grip the base of the cup. Pinch the base to release the suction and remove.

You may need to use your pelvic muscles to push your cup lower in your vagina. These are the muscles that you use to stop and start peeing, but are useful for many other things! Empty your cup into the toilet, and rinse your cup with warm water. For end of cycle cup care, have a look at Cleaning and Storing.

5.  Re-insert


When your cup is washed, you can reinsert it, and you are ready to go again!

Using your cup on the move

Backpacking through Europe? Taking a trip into nature? Or planning a big night out? No worries, you can still use your menstrual cup, and emptying is easy no matter where you are. We cover the best ways to clean your cup in a public bathroom, and what to do when you are travelling or on the go – check out our page Using on the Move, and be ready for anything!

Learn more

Check out a few additional pages that will tell you all you need to know about cleaning your cup, and getting started if you are a new user.